22/09/2021

Fred Meyer union warehouse personnel authorize strike

Fred Meyer warehouse staff have voted unanimously to authorize a strike, which could disrupt food distribution at 180 locations across the Pacific Northwest as early as Monday.

KOIN experiences that deal negotiations between Teamsters Neighborhood 117 and Fred Meyer have been underway with tiny development. Union officials say Fred Meyer turned down a proposal to enable workers to refuse a task that would place them selves or the community in risk. The strike authorization vote was on Saturday.

“With all the COVID outbreaks that wreaked havoc on the warehouse, you’d believe they’d be a minimal additional involved about our security and the basic safety of the community,” Matt Collins, a Store Steward who believes he contracted COVID-19 in the office final yr, explained in the union’s push launch. “But, sadly, that’s not the scenario.”

Teamsters Regional 117 represents approximately 500 warehouse workers with Fred Meyer, servicing merchants in Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Idaho. A function stoppage could go into outcome as early as midnight on Monday.

Fred Meyer officers advised KOIN they strategy to continue negotiations.

“Our company will proceed to go after a good and balanced deal that honors associates and keeps the business aggressive,” a Fred Meyer spokesperson reported. “Note that a strike authorization vote does not mean that there will be a strike. We do not foresee any disruption in services and it is organization as regular in our suppliers.”

The vote to authorize a strike, which passed 335-, arrived a working day soon after Teamsters Regional 174 attained a tentative agreement with Safeway above a three-12 months contract — presenting a “stark contrast” concerning the two agreement negotiations.

“In negotiations, we have seen a tale of two organizations,” said John Scearcy, Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Nearby. “With Safeway, you have got an employer that praises their workers as essential, then treats them that way by placing forth an outstanding deal proposal that associates can ratify. Fred Meyer, on the other hand, has been sluggish to answer to our financial proposals, dismissed our safety concerns, and dragged out negotiations further than the expiration of our agreement.”

— The Involved Press